The Weston prayer death parents will spend 10 years on probation, but they’ll also spend some time in jail. Marathon County Judge Vincent Howard sentenced Dale and Leilani Neumann to serve a month in jail for the first six years of probation.
The couple was convicted of reckless homicide for choosing prayer over medical attention as their daughter died from complications of diabetes last spring. Howard called the Neumanns very good people who made a bad decision and they made their 11-year-old daughter Kara a “martyr to their faith.”
The sentences will be staggered so one parent is always at home with the three surviving teenage children. Howard also ordered those children to get a quarterly medical checkup and told the Neumanns they had to take the children to a doctor if they became critically ill.
Prosecutor Lamont Jacobson said justice was served, but he was disappointed that the couple was never sorry for what happened.
At yesterday’s sentencing, 47-year-old Dale Neumann read from the Bible, and said he loved his daughter.
Matt Lehman-WSAU contributed to this report